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Staff Pick

Talk about a spoiler! Yes, Skippy dies. (Or maybe he doesn't. I'll never tell.) But the fact of his death isn't nearly as important as the why, which Paul Murray's Dublin-set novel explores with a dizzying mix of hilarity and tragedy that's never less than thrilling.
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Why does Skippy, a fourteen-year-old boy at Dublin's venerable Seabrook College, end up dead on the floor of the local doughnut shop?

Could it have something to do with his friend Ruprecht Van Doren, an overweight genius who is determined to open a portal into a parallel universe using ten-dimensional string theory?

Could it involve Carl, the teenage drug dealer and borderline psychotic who is Skippy's rival in love?

Or could "the Automator" — the ruthless, smooth-talking headmaster intent on modernizing the school — have something to hide?

Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the subject of this dazzling and uproarious novel, unraveling a mystery that links the boys of Seabrook College to their parents and teachers in ways nobody could have imagined. With a cast of characters that ranges from hip-hop-loving fourteen-year-old Eoin "MC Sexecutioner" Flynn to basketball-playing midget Philip Kilfether, packed with questions and answers on everything from Ritalin, to M-theory, to bungee jumping, to the hidden meaning of the poetry of Robert Frost, Skippy Dies is a heartfelt, hilarious portrait of the pain, joy, and occasional beauty of adolescence, and a tragic depiction of a world always happy to sacrifice its weakest members. As the twenty-first century enters its teenage years, this is a breathtaking novel from a young writer who will come to define his generation.

Review:

"The novel is a triumph....Brimful of wit, narrative energy and a real poetry and vision." The Sunday Times

Review:

"[A] splendid, sardonic magnum opus....Long and impossibly involved, but also beautifully written, with much truth and not a wasted word. A superb imagining of a strange world — that of pimply-faced kids, that is." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Review:

"One of the most enjoyable, funny and moving reads of this young new year." The Guardian (U.K.)

Review:

"An utterly engrossing read." Elle

Review:

"Noisy, hilarious, tragic, and endlessly inventive...Murray's writing is just plain brilliant." The Times (U.K.)

Review:

"A blast of a book." The Irish Times

Review:

"At 672 pages, this is an extremely ambitious and complex novel, filled with parallels, with sometimes recondite references to Irish folklore, with quantum physics, and with much more. Hilarious, haunting, and heartbreaking, it is inarguably among the most memorable novels of the year to date." Booklist (starred review)

Synopsis:

After 14-year-old Skippy ends up dead on the floor of a local donut shop, a number of suspects emerge at Skippy's school in Dublin, including Skippy's drug-dealing rival in love; a ruthless smooth-talking headmaster; Skippy's friend, who is determined to open a portal into another dimension; and more, in a hilarious portrait of the pain, joy and occasional beauty of adolescence.

Synopsis:

Why does Skippy, a fourteen-year-old boy at Dublin’s venerable Seabrook College, end up dead on the floor of the local doughnut shop?

Could it have something to do with his friend Ruprecht Van Doren, an overweight genius who is determined to open a portal into a parallel universe using ten-dimensional string theory?

Could it involve Carl, the teenage drug dealer and borderline psychotic who is Skippy’s rival in love?

Or could “the Automator”—the ruthless, smooth-talking headmaster intent on modernizing the school—have something to hide?

Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the subject of this dazzling and uproarious novel, unraveling a mystery that links the boys of Seabrook College to their parents and teachers in ways nobody could have imagined. With a cast of characters that ranges from hip-hop-loving fourteen-year-old Eoin “MC Sexecutioner” Flynn to basketballplaying midget Philip Kilfether, packed with questions and answers on everything from Ritalin, to M-theory, to bungee jumping, to the hidden meaning of the poetry of Robert Frost, Skippy Dies is a heartfelt, hilarious portrait of the pain, joy, and occasional beauty of adolescence, and a tragic depiction of a world always happy to sacrifice its weakest members. As the twenty-first century enters its teenage years, this is a breathtaking novel from a young writer who will come to define his generation.

About the Author

Paul Murray was born in 1975. He studied English literature at Trinity College in Dublin and creative writing at the University of East Anglia. His first novel, An Evening of Long Goodbyes,was short-listed for the Whitbread Prize in 2003 and was nominated for the Kerry Irish Fiction Award.

Table of Contents

Hopeland — Heartland — Ghostland.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781429929950
Publisher:
Faber & Faber
Subject:
Literary
Author:
Murray Paul
Author:
Murray, Paul
Subject:
Humor : General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Adolescence
Subject:
NEWARRIVAL-FICTION
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
A</P><P>&#8220;Dazzling . . . If killing your prot
Language:
English
Pages:
672
Dimensions:
8.530 x 5.930 x 1.395 in

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Product details 672 pages Faber & Faber - English 9781429929950 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Talk about a spoiler! Yes, Skippy dies. (Or maybe he doesn't. I'll never tell.) But the fact of his death isn't nearly as important as the why, which Paul Murray's Dublin-set novel explores with a dizzying mix of hilarity and tragedy that's never less than thrilling.

"Review" by , "The novel is a triumph....Brimful of wit, narrative energy and a real poetry and vision."
"Review" by , "[A] splendid, sardonic magnum opus....Long and impossibly involved, but also beautifully written, with much truth and not a wasted word. A superb imagining of a strange world — that of pimply-faced kids, that is."
"Review" by , "One of the most enjoyable, funny and moving reads of this young new year."
"Review" by , "An utterly engrossing read."
"Review" by , "Noisy, hilarious, tragic, and endlessly inventive...Murray's writing is just plain brilliant."
"Review" by , "A blast of a book."
"Review" by , "At 672 pages, this is an extremely ambitious and complex novel, filled with parallels, with sometimes recondite references to Irish folklore, with quantum physics, and with much more. Hilarious, haunting, and heartbreaking, it is inarguably among the most memorable novels of the year to date."
"Synopsis" by , After 14-year-old Skippy ends up dead on the floor of a local donut shop, a number of suspects emerge at Skippy's school in Dublin, including Skippy's drug-dealing rival in love; a ruthless smooth-talking headmaster; Skippy's friend, who is determined to open a portal into another dimension; and more, in a hilarious portrait of the pain, joy and occasional beauty of adolescence.
"Synopsis" by , Why does Skippy, a fourteen-year-old boy at Dublin’s venerable Seabrook College, end up dead on the floor of the local doughnut shop?

Could it have something to do with his friend Ruprecht Van Doren, an overweight genius who is determined to open a portal into a parallel universe using ten-dimensional string theory?

Could it involve Carl, the teenage drug dealer and borderline psychotic who is Skippy’s rival in love?

Or could “the Automator”—the ruthless, smooth-talking headmaster intent on modernizing the school—have something to hide?

Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the subject of this dazzling and uproarious novel, unraveling a mystery that links the boys of Seabrook College to their parents and teachers in ways nobody could have imagined. With a cast of characters that ranges from hip-hop-loving fourteen-year-old Eoin “MC Sexecutioner” Flynn to basketballplaying midget Philip Kilfether, packed with questions and answers on everything from Ritalin, to M-theory, to bungee jumping, to the hidden meaning of the poetry of Robert Frost, Skippy Dies is a heartfelt, hilarious portrait of the pain, joy, and occasional beauty of adolescence, and a tragic depiction of a world always happy to sacrifice its weakest members. As the twenty-first century enters its teenage years, this is a breathtaking novel from a young writer who will come to define his generation.

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